Ruger mark III question

Ruger mark III question

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    Ruger mark III question

    Ok, so i was wondering if it is ok to keep my gun stored cocked but not loaded? will this wear out the spring? Any suggestions? I dont like dry firing it.

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    Snap caps.

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    In order you guns loaded...dry fire it.
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    I have a MK3 and though I do NOT make it a habit of dry firing it a lot I do c;ear it after a range session. No problems.

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    If you have the firing pin retaining pin in the bolt, you can dry fire it. I don't make a habit of dry firing, I just do it when I clear the gun and put it away. I have over 13k rounds through it without a problem.

    But yes, you can keep it cocked. It should not harm the spring. And if it ever did, you can simply replace it.

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    By design the Rugers are safe to dry fire. Use a snap cap or a spent round if it makes you feel better, but if you use a snap cap use one of the soft plastic ones (Safe-T-Trainers I think). The Azooms are hard aluminum and will gouge and the red plastic ones just crack, not worth it.

    Toss the magazine safety and all that kludge and dry fire away. Great indoor practice when done safely.
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    Every Ruger rimfire firearm made for the past 30 years (or possibly more) is designed to dry fired to your heart's content with no damage to the gun. You're not goint to wear out a thing. And leaving it cocked or loaded will likewise cause no harm... the only spring in that gun that gets a serious workout is the bolt guide-rod spring.
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